These student consultants were incredibly creative and really helped us streamline some of the deficiencies we’ve had."
The valuable experience cut both ways.
For the team of student consultants, it was an authentic opportunity to provide true hands-on consulting; evaluating a company’s strengths and opportunities amid their coursework.
“We all grew by exchanging fresh ideas,” said Nazeh Elmahdawi ‘23, a Kogod MBA student who served as a student consultant.
Seeing, up close, how an entrepreneur operates on a day-to-day basis proved valuable, added Cesar Gonzales ‘23, another Kogod In Practice team member.
“That ‘go-getter’ attitude and hunger you need to have in business was something I enjoyed seeing in such an experienced business owner like Alan,” Gonzales said.
Indeed, Kogod in Practice has deployed its mutually beneficial strategy to a wide range of industries. In the past, the program has paired student consultants with a diverse array of sectors, from a hydroelectric retrofitting company to a student loan debt relief group, a foreign travel hospitality service, and many more.
In fact, just as these five students worked with Wall Sensations, five other teams advised their own clients last spring alone.
That the program, in helping clients, also provides students a chance to deepen their own consulting experience is what makes it most rewarding, said Angela Petras, Kogod Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning, who leads the Kogod In Practice program.
“I regularly receive unprompted testimonials from students who reach out just to let me know how these projects positively impacted their lives and trajectories,” Petras said. “The proof is in the students’ heartfelt feedback.”
As for Gellman, it’s safe to say his business was well served by the Kogod team.
“Honestly,” he said, “I would have hired half of that team right out of the gate.”